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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Fund

YAS Charitable Funds


The YAS Charitable Fund was established to support the work of the Trust. As a registered charity, we receive donations and legacies from grateful patients, members of the public and fundraising initiatives and events.

Key uses of the funds include the provision of additional training and equipment for service developments and improving the work environment for staff over and above those core services provided by the NHS.

When people generously donate their cash or fundraise for the YAS Charitable Fund, this money is safeguarded by the Trust’s Charitable Funds Committee to ensure it is used in the way the donor intended.

If a donation is for a specific department within YAS or a geographical area, then it will be ring-fenced so that it can only be used for that purpose.
The YAS Charitable Fund Committee meets every quarter to review and approve requests for grants from the YAS Charitable Fund for items that can improve:

  • patients’ experiences
  • staff welfare
  • public health

The fund has a Charitable Fundraising Group which raises money and puts forward ideas for how to use the funds. In 2013, a part-time fundraiser, Maria Amos, was recruited to raise awareness of the YAS Charitable Fund, generate income and focus on key corporate fundraising activities. Maria Amos can be contacted by email charitablefunds@yas.nhs.uk or phone 01924 584210 / 07824 540107.

How We Help

Key uses of the funds include the provision of additional training and service developments and improving the work environment for staff over and above the core services provided by the NHS.

Examples of how money from the YAS Charitable Fund has been used so far are:

Comunity Medical Unit

Community Medical Units provide on-scene medical treatment for patients with minor injuries and illnesses. Staffed by emergency care practitioners and emergency care assistants, the mobile units provide on-scene medical treatment and free up ambulances to deal with more seriously ill patients and relieve pressure on hospital emergency departments. The vehicles are usually located in busy town and city centres on Friday and Saturday evenings and other key dates including bank holidays, and at large-scale events in the region.

Emergency Lifting Cushions

Emergency lifting cushions were purchased for every ambulance station in Yorkshire at a cost of 60,000 to reduce manual handling risks. It is a four-compartment emergency lifting cushion which is designed to lift a person from the floor to an elevated sitting position where they can either transfer to a chair or be helped to a standing position. The lightweight, simple-to-use device is particularly valuable for lifting bariatric patients from the floor. It has optional stretcher bars so can also be used in conjunction with a spinal board.

Public access defibrillators

Public access defibrillators can be used by a member of the public on someone in cardiac arrest. They are found in public places like your local shopping centre, train station or community hall and are really easy to use. They give clear spoken instructions and once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm. It won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed.

Manikins for public training events

Manikins for public training events were purchased thanks to a donation from a grateful patient which was matched with a contribution from the YAS Charitable Fund. The life-saving kit proved to be the catalyst for our first Restart a Heart Day in October 2014 when we provided CPR training to more than 11,000 secondary schoolchildren in one day.

A benevolent fund

A benevolent fund has been introduced to consider providing support to serving and former ambulance staff and their families in time of hardship or crisis.

Join the fundraising fun


A 24-hour CPR marathon in Leeds in September 2015 raised 1,524 for the YAS Charitable Fund.

If you are taking part in an organised sponsored event, you may consider the YAS Charitable Fund as the beneficiary or you may decide to organise a fundraising event yourself. There are loads of ideas to choose from, whether it’s a bake sale, sponsored silence, quiz, karaoke night, auction, bike ride, football tournament or talent competition! If you need any advice or guidance, the Charitable Fundraising Group will be happy to help, email charitablefunds@yas.nhs.uk.

Make a Donation


If you, or someone you know, would like to make a donation, please visit our online giving page.


We also have a text to donate service. Simply text the code YCMU followed by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to 70070 and the donation will be taken directly from your phone bill if contract, or from your balance if you have a pay as you go phone. Standard network rate messages apply.

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